Role Models

Dec 16, 2014,

Role Model: Jennifer Doherty

My name is Jennifer Doherty. I’m from Donegal in Ireland, and I’m 28 years old. I enjoy listening to music and going to concerts, walking my dogs, spending time with friends, and generally just keeping busy What is your personal experience of disability? I was born eleven weeks premature, and lost my sight as a…

Nov 26, 2014,

Role Model: Zumreta Galijasevic

This months Role Model is Zumreta Galijasevic from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here, she tells us how she harnessed the strength within her to  purse her dreams and how she continues to stay motivated in this pursuit. My name is Zumreta and I’m from Bosnia and Herzegovina. When I was three, I got diabetes. As I…

Nov 25, 2014,

Role Model: Alba Gonzalez

Alba Gonzalez is from Spain and is our newest Role Model. Alba also spoke this month, at the ENIL Roundtable on Personal Assistance held in the European Parliament on the 18th November 2014. At this event she spoke about her experience of living and working in a different member state. In this interview, she tells…

Oct 29, 2014,

Role Model: Katie Cragg

Katie Cragg is our newest Role Model and was one of the participants at the ENIL Study Session in July this year. Here in her own words, Katie tells us about how she became involved in the disability movement in the United Kingdom and tells us how she used her own unique skills to gain…

Sep 24, 2014,

Role Model: Samieh Hardani

Samieh Hardani’s personal experience of disability is that she finds there are no barriers! There are only thresholds which are there to be overcome! Samieh is from Iran and is a mother of two adult daughters. She had polio as a young child and emigrated from Iran to Sweden in 1989. She was treated well…

Aug 28, 2014,

Role Model: Pavel Kadokov

Pavel Kadõkov was 19 years old, when he lost his eyesight and right hand in a bomb explosion. “Am I not going to be able to live a life?”- was the first question that popped up in his head. This accident lead him to a crisis that made him stop escaping from himself and find…

Jul 30, 2014,

Role Model: Elena Ratoi

ENIL are delighted to introduce you to our newest Role Model, Elena Ratoi who is from Moldova and was one of the participants of ENIL’s 2014 Study Session. What is your personal experience of disability? Throughout my whole life I have had a mobility impairment. I have not known any other situation and so I…

Jun 26, 2014,

Role Model: Radoš Keravica

Radoš Keravica is a person with mobility impairment who studied economics at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Faculty of economics, Department for European Economics and Business where he was awarded a BSc degree in 2009 and later on in 2013 a Master degree at the same department.  During his studies, his research related to…

May 28, 2014,

Role Model: Banane Nafeh

My name is Banane Nafeh. I am Egyptian, aged 39, currently living in London, UK. I am married to a kind hearted Indian person whom I met at Regent Park Mosque (London) more than nine years ago. I have got a 7 year old daughter who is a real asset to me especially when my…

Apr 02, 2014,

Role Model: Paula Pietilä

Paula Pietilä lives in Turku, Finland. She is the vice chairperson of the local independent living center in Turku and is involved in the Finnish independent living movement since the early 1990`s. In her daily life she works as a disability coordinator at the University of Turku, with the responsibility of counselling services for disabled…

Mar 28, 2014,

Role Model: Brian Hogan

Brian Hogan is a 47 year old man from Tulla, Co. Clare in Ireland. He has been described by colleagues and friends as a leader in his community due in part to his extensive and varied work within the voluntary sector in Clare. He has been advocating for the rights of people with disabilities for…

Feb 27, 2014,

Meet Jan Troost from the Netherlands

Jan is 55 years old, married with two children. From the age of 14 he has been actively defending the interests of disabled people. He is a qualified social worker. For 15 years he worked on a national level, mainly as the Chairman of the CG-Raad (Council of the Chronically ill and Disabled), which is…

Dec 19, 2013,

Role Model: Mari Siilsalu

This month our Role Model is Mari Siilsalu and we speak with  her about how she developed the idea of peer counseling being introduced into schools in Estonia and how she made this into a reality. Mari Siilsalu, the ENIL coordinator of Estonia, won a prize! Tartu City in Estonia awarded her the Youth of…

Oct 24, 2013,

Role Model: Lyudmila Borissova

Lyudmila is a 39-years-old person of short stature from Bulgaria. She lived with her family until she was three years old. Since then she’s been living in different institutions, including Mogilino – an institution that was featured on a documentary for the BCC due to the conditions there.  She’s gone through many difficult moments but…

Sep 30, 2013,

Role Model – Jakob Rosin

ENIL’s intern Mari Siilsalu met Jakob during a four day project in Estonia. Both of them were volunteering at this event. “We had 30 volunteers, but one guy was different. He made all people around him laugh very loud. So I could always hear where he was. Later I got to find out that his…

Aug 29, 2013,

Role Model: Aleksandra Surla

Aleksandra is our newest ENIL Role Model, she is from Ljubljana, Slovenia and in this interview she tells us about her life and her ambitions. Tell me about your background My name is Aleksandra Surla and I was born on 15th of March 1987. I live in Ljubljana, Slovenia and I have been blind since…

Aug 08, 2013,

Role Model: Sergei Drozdovskiy

Sergei Drozdovskiy works for the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Minsk, Belarus. He was born in 1973 and graduated from the Belarusian State Polytechnic University (Engineering).  He has worked with civil society organisations, as a Project Coordinator and in NGO Management.  He has been disabled since 1996.  In 1997, he was one…

Jun 25, 2013,

Role Model: Daniela Todorova

Daniela Todorova is a Bulgarian parathlete in her thirties and all of her life she has been a javelin thrower. Seven years ago, while being at a training camp with the other athletes from the national team of Bulgaria, she got a spinal cord injury. Less than a year after this life-threatening event she returned…

May 16, 2013,

Role Model: Aleksis Sarma

Aleksis Sarma is one of founders of the “Latvian Movement for Independent Living” which was founded in 2009 and has been involved in this for the past four years. He is an active member of society and is currently studying social work in a Bachelor program. He actively participates in the “Latvian Red Cross Youth”…

Apr 24, 2013,

Role Model: Introducing Danijela Jovanović

Danijela Jovanović was born in 1968 in Belgrade. She spent her childhood living in several foster homes and when she was eleven years old, in May 1979, she was placed in an Institution for children and youth with intellectual disabilities in the town of Sremčica. In early 2004, thanks to the Association for Promoting Inclusion…